Fine Arts

Painting, sculpture, and similar forms of artistic expression.

Of maidens and sailors and Doleful Ghosts: Helpful survival tips from English folk ballads

"If someone says that he’s planning to kill you, believe him."..."Avoid situations where the obvious rhyme-word is 'maidenhead.'" So warns Jim Macdonald in these helpful tips, gleaned from English folk music, that can help you stay alive, healthy, wealthy, and not deflowered.

Stand, Gleann Abhann

Mlaf reports on a new song inspired by the valor of the people of Gleann Abhann in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

"Cranky Professor" Highlights What's New in Historical Research

On the Cranky Professor blog, Michael Thinkler invites ancient and medieval historians to share information on their latest research projects and ideas.

Liberal Arts at Yale: A Lesson in Multitasking

No more apologies for that philsophy degree! Harvard historian Warren Goldstein discusses the importance of a liberal arts education.

Arts & Science Expedition I

The Shire of Ad Flumen Caerulum invites all the people of our fair kingdom and of all other regions of the known world to come to the "AFC - Arts & Science Expedition I". Visit some of the most famous Museums of Vienna. Come to the Treasury, the Picture Gallery of the KHM (http://www.khm.at/homeE3.html) and see the special exhibition "One Man's Meat ...Eating and Drinking in the Middle Ages" (http://www.wienmuseum.at/english/frameset.asp). There will also be some merrymaking in the evening with gambling, a bardic circle and A&S Classes.

Laser Technology Used to Re-create Ancient Harp

Engineers from the University of Liverpool in England have created a reproduction of an ancient Iraqi harp, the Lyre if Ur.

Devotional Art Focuses on Pain of the Plague in Italy

New York Times reporter Holland Cotter reviews the exhibit "Hope and Healing: Painting in Italy in a Time of Plague, 1500-1800," which is on display at the Worcester (Mass.) Art Museum through September 25, 2005.

Elizabeth I to Tour the U.S.

Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend, a traveling exhibition co-sponsored by the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities, will by touring the United States between October 2003 and March 2006.

"Italy's Most Beautiful Garden" to be Restored

The Gardens of Ninfa, once thought to be one of the most beautiful in Italy, are being restored, thanks to the efforts of three generations of women.

"Knights Next Door" Author at Pennsic

Mael Patraic (Patrick O'Donnell), author of The Knights Next Door: Everyday People Living Middle Ages Dreams, will be attending this year's Pennsic War.

"Omigoditsverysilly" Bardic at Pennsic War

Justinian, of the Kingdom of Ealdormere, has announced that there will be a "Omigoditsverysilly" Bardic around the Fools Rest Fire on Sunday, August 14 at Pennsic 34.

"Original" Shakespeare Dialect has a Southern Twang

This summer, the Globe Theatre in London will perform an "original production" of Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida using 16th century dialect as close as possible to what the Bard would have spoken.

Chaucer with a Beat

But can you dance to it? NPR's All Things Considered covered efforts to teach kids literature, including the works of Chaucer, by using rap music.

Wedding Jewel - Was Raphael Married?

A small pearl brooch in "La Fornarina" was the clue used by art historian Maurizio Bernardelli Curuz to suggest that Raphael and the woman long thought to be his mistress were actually secretly married.

"Lost" Donatello Masterpiece Now on Display

A 15th Century marble masterpiece in private hands for 400 years and now attributed to the Renaissance sculptor Donatello went on public view this week for the first time.

Da Vinci Masterpiece "Battle of Anghiari" Possibly Found

The long-lost fresco "Battle of Anghiari," considered Leonardo da Vinci's best work, could lie hidden behind a wall of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

Michaelangelo's Anatomy Lesson

Two Brazilian doctors who are also art lovers think they have uncovered a "secret lesson" in human anatomy in the famous Sistine Chapel frescos.

Known World Poetic Challenge to Take Place at Pennsic

Olivier de Bayonne, Poeta Atlantiae, will be sponsoring the known World Poetic Challenge at this year's Pennsic War.

A Man Walked into the Casbah: 13th Century Persian Jokes

Humor is ageless, or so believes John Emerson in his weblog 700 Year Old Jokes, a collection of humorous stories from a 13th century Persian Bishop.

Houston museum features "Middle Earth" exhibit

An article in the Galveston Daily News about the Middle Earth museum exhibit also talks about how SCAdians often have more than a passing interest in the works of Tolkien.

"Spamalot" wins Tony Award for Best Musical, other categories

This just in... The broadway production Spamalot, based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail has won the 2005 Tony Award for "Best Musical," as well as garnering other honors.

Scottish Botticelli a Fake?

"The Portrait of a Youth," a painting attributed to Botticelli and owned by Scotland's National Galleries, may be a fake.

Synagogue Mosaics to be Exhibited

The Brooklyn Museum will present an exhibition of 21 Roman mosaics from an ancient synagogue when it hosts Tree of Paradise: Jewish Mosaics from the Roman Empire.

Canada's National Gallery to Host Renaissance Exhibit

The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario will host "Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and the Renaissance in Florence," 29 May-5 September, 2005.

AEthelmearc War Practice to Feature Children's Mural

Her Majesty Tessa of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc has announced that the children of the Kingdom have been invited to create a mural at the upcoming AEthelmearc War Practice.

Cranach Paintings on Display at Cornell Art Museum

Two paintings by Northern Renaissance master Lucas Cranach will be on display April 9 through August 14 at the Art Museum of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Gaming Exhibit at Sackler Gallery

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C. will host an exhibit on Asian Games through May 15, 2005.

Morgan Library Announces Digitized Manuscript Collection Online

Corsair, the online research resource for the Pierpont Morgan Library, makes available thousands of digital images from the library's medieval and Renaissance manuscript collection.

Michaelangelo Self Portrait Discovered

A newly-discovered bas-relief may be the first known self-portrait of Renaissance artist Michelangelo.

Shakespeare portrait a fake, say experts

Top art authorities at the UK's National Portrait Gallery have determined that one of the best-known portraits of William Shakespeare was painted two centuries after his death.